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(SportsNetwork. Mark Duper Jersey .com) - The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will engage in a day-after Christmas matinee on Friday when the Atlantic Division rivals tangle at TD Garden. The two teams are heading in opposite directions at the moment. Brooklyn is riding a two-game winning streak, while the Celts have fallen in their last two. The Nets swept a recent mini homestand with a win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, then a victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Joe Johnson scored 27 points to lead the Nets to a 102-96 triumph over the Nuggets at Barclays Center. Mason Plumlee added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack supplied 17 points and eight assists for the Nets. I thought it was a great grind-it-out game. We showed a lot of composure and a lot of mental toughness, Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. Brook Lopez (lower back strain) returned from an eight-game absence and had six points in over eight minutes of court time for the Nets. Deron Williams sat out the last two victories with a strained right calf. He has returned to practice, although its expected he wont start on Friday night. The Nets, who have lost two straight on the road, return to Brooklyn on Saturday and play two there before hitting the road for three. The Celtics made an unsuccessful swing through Florida earlier in the week. On Sunday, they fell to the Miami Heat, then two nights later, lost to the Orlando Magic. Boston was game on Tuesday, nearly erasing a 27-point fourth-quarter lead. The Celtics held the Magic to 15 points over the final 10 minutes of the game, but didnt have enough. Tyler Zeller scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Celtics, who have dropped two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Jameer Nelson, playing his first game as a visitor in Orlando, finished with nine points and 11 assists and was vital in Bostons near comeback. Nelson made a 3-pointer and assisted on five other baskets during a 27-3 run that trimmed a 27-point deficit down to three, 90-87, coming down the stretch. He spurred us on and fired us up, Zeller said of Nelson. However, it wasnt enough for the Celtics to come away with a victory. Avery Bradley scored 20, followed by 14 from Kelly Olynyk off the bench. Brandon Bass chipped in 11 in a reserve role, while Nelson finished with nine points and 11 assists. The Celtics defeated the Nets in Boston on Oct. 29 and have won two of the last three against Brooklyn. Boston has won six of its last nine as the host in this series. Anthony Fasano Jersey . - Justin Turner is at his best with runners in scoring position, and he delivered again in a big spot for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Matt Moore Jersey . The 2010 batting champ showed what he can do when hes mostly healthy. Gonzalez homered, doubled and singled in his return to the lineup, and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.CINCINNATI - Starter Mat Latos could make one more start in the minors before the Reds will consider activating him and bringing their rotation back to full strength. Latos had to leave a minor league rehab start after only 67 pitches on Wednesday night at Triple-A Louisville because he developed a cramp in a calf. The Reds were planning to have him throw approximately 100 pitches and then activate him if there was no problem. The club still hadnt talked to Latos on Thursday morning. Manager Bryan Price said no decision had been made on whether another rehab start is needed to get Latos ready to throw 100 pitches in the majors. "Its under consideration what we want to do, whether we want to activate him or give him one more start to get stretched out," Price said. Latos went 14-7 last season with a 3.16 ERA in 32 starts. He had surgery after the season to have a bone chip removed from his elbow. He tore cartilage in his left knee while working out and had surgery the day that spring training opened. He was beyond the knee problems when he developed soreness in his pitching foorearm and had to rest again. Dan Marino Jersey. Price said the latest setback doesnt seem to be serious. "He may have wanted to stay in (the game), but it was apparent that its something he shouldnt be pitching with," Price said. "Hes getting closer and closer to rejoining the club. It was disappointing that he didnt get up to the innings and the pitch limit that wed set. "So hell be in later today and well reassess the severity of it. It doesnt sound like its really an issue." Right-hander Alfredo Simon has gone 7-3 in Latos spot. Simon could move back into the bullpen when Latos returns, or the Reds could decide to move left-hander Tony Cingrani into a relief role. First baseman Joey Votto took ground balls and batting practice again before the final game of a series against San Francisco on Thursday. Votto has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained muscle above his left knee. When Votto has full strength back in the muscle, hell begin a rehab assignment in the minors. ___ Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay China Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys 2018 China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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